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Greg Olsen | Tight End | #88

Team: Carolina Panthers
Age / DOB:  (33) / 3/11/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'5' / 255
College: Miami (FL)
Drafted: 2007 / Rd. 1 (31) / CHI
Contract: view contract details

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Greg Olsen (foot) remained limited at Thursday's practice
Panthers coach Ron Rivera recently said the team would manage Olsen's practice reps all season. The veteran played 98 percent of Carolina's offensive snaps in last week's loss to Washington. Olsen is RotoPat's No. 8 tight end for Week 7 against the Eagles. Oct 18 - 2:49 PM

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Coach Ron Rivera said the Panthers plan to manage Greg Olsen's (foot) practice reps all season.

The Panthers limited Olsen in his first practice since his return last week. He made it through Sunday setback-free but Olsen remains a second half injury risk. Olsen should have a near every-down role for his Week 7 matchup with the Eagles.
Oct 17 - 10:46 PM

Greg Olsen played 59-of-60 snaps (98 percent) Week 6 against the Redskins.

It was Olsen's first game since reinjuring his foot in Week 1, but the Panthers did not take it easy on him. He also notched seven targets on the day. He will be at risk of an in-game setback all season, but he will be a solid TE1 when he is healthy.
Oct 15 - 9:25 AM

Greg Olsen caught 4-of-7 targets for 48 yards in the Panthers' Week 6 loss to the Redskins.

Making his first appearance since Week 1, Olsen appeared to be an every-snap player. He looked no worse for the wear, finding plenty of cushion in the Redskins' defense. Olsen will be at risk of re-injury going forward but acing today's test was a huge step in the right direction toward earning every-week fantasy trust. He does have a tough matchup for Week 7. The Eagles have been vulnerable to the pass but stout up the seam.
Oct 14 - 4:43 PM

Greg Olsen (foot) is active for Week 6 against the Redskins.

Olsen will be at extreme risk of re-injury, but he's worth a roll of the dice for tight end desperados in an awful year for the position. Inactive for the Panthers are DE Marquis Haynes, CB Corn Elder, WR Damiere Byrd, LB Andre Smith, OG Brendan Mahon, DE Bryan Cox and RB Cameron Artis-Payne.
Oct 14 - 11:36 AM

NFL Network's Tiffany Blackmon reports Greg Olsen (foot) will play in Week 6 against the Redskins.

This backs up Ron Rivera's comments on Olsen's status. Olsen hasn't had any setbacks and remains on track to start after missing the last three games. He's a huge setback risk, but Olsen is a back-end TE1 for Week 6. Daily Slant: Olsen's return is good news for Cam Newton and the Panthers passing attack as a whole, who've basically relied on Christian McCaffrey and Devin Funchess as the only two reliable pass catchers in Olsen's absence. While Olsen's definitely a risk to not see a full workload, he's also about as cheap as he'll ever be across the DFS industry this week, so he makes for an interesting GPP play for Week 6.
Oct 13 - 4:00 PM

Greg Olsen (foot) is questionable for Week 6 against the Redskins.

Olsen got in a few more reps Friday and is looking closer to probable. Coach Ron Rivera said he "likes [Olsen's] chances" of playing Sunday. There's a severe risk Olsen re-injures himself given the nature of his foot (and injury history the past two seasons), but the Pro-Bowler is still considered a fringe TE1 if active. Devin Funchess should be slightly downgraded given his lesser productivity with Olsen in the lineup.
Oct 12 - 1:05 PM

Greg Olsen (foot) was upgraded to "full" in Thursday's practice.

Barring a setback, Olsen will be out there for the first time since Week 1. Considering his extreme risk of re-injury, Olsen should be considered a fringe TE1 until he demonstrates the ability to stay on the field this season. Daily Slant: With Ertz playing Thursday and Gronkowski/Kelce playing Sunday night, tight end isn't as deep as usual for the main slates on DFS sites. Olsen will be hard to trust in cash games, but for tournaments he always brings big upside with his connection with Newton. He'll likely be low-owned this week.
Oct 11 - 1:42 PM

Greg Olsen (foot) was limited at Wednesday's practice.

As expected. Olsen is preparing to play this week after missing the past four weeks (three games) following a foot fracture in Week 1. It'll be a nice boost to the fantasy position, which has been ravaged by injuries, but owners will have to take Olsen week by week. He's a threat to re-injure the foot.
Oct 10 - 12:53 PM

Speaking Monday, Greg Olsen (foot) confirmed he is expected to return for Week 6 but said he expects to require surgery at season's end.

It speaks to how tenuous Olsen's health is. Unable to keep his right foot healthy since last season, Olsen should be considered a week-to-week proposition for fantasy owners. Any contribution will be a bonus.
Oct 8 - 1:33 PM

Panthers coach Ron Rivera is hopeful Greg Olsen (foot) returns this week.

The coach said Olsen still has one more check-up but will "hopefully" be ready to practice on Wednesday and play against Washington. Olsen started slowly when he returned from his foot injury last season, but the tight end position is too thin to keep him out of the top-12 if he suits up. Olsen should be added everywhere he was dropped.
Oct 8 - 10:59 AM

Panthers declared TE Greg Olsen, RB Cameron Artis-Payne, DE Bryan Cox Jr., CB Corn Elder, DE Marquis Haynes, OG Brendan Mahon and LB Jared Norris inactive for Week 5 against the Giants.

Olsen resumed practicing this week but was never expected to play. He's shooting for a return in Week 6. DT Vernon Butler (shoulder), WR Damiere Byrd (knee), WR Curtis Samuel (illness) and OG Trai Turner (concussion) are all active for Week 5.
Oct 7 - 11:35 AM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports "there's confidence" Greg Olsen (foot) will play in Week 6 against the Redskins.

Olsen is out for Sunday but got in some limited practice this week. Barring setbacks, he's on track to return just five weeks after re-fracturing his surgically-repaired foot. Olsen is going to be at a strong risk of re-injury, so it won't be surprising if his snaps are scaled back. A less than 100 percent Olsen is still one of the better tight ends in the league.
Oct 7 - 9:10 AM

Greg Olsen (foot) was officially "limited" in Thursday's practice.

Olsen will not return for Week 5, but he more or less admitted he is eyeing Week 6. Olsen will be at extreme risk of re-injury, but he's a no-brainer add in the leagues where he was cut loose when it appeared he was dealing with an indefinite injury.
Oct 4 - 2:48 PM

Greg Olsen (foot) participated during individual drills on Thursday.

Olsen was spotted running routes and working on the sled during the portion of practice open to the media. He could still draw a "DNP" designation on the injury report, but Olsen is clearly trending in the correct direction. He could return Week 6 against Washington. With tight end as thin as ever, Olsen should be added and stashed in the leagues he was dropped.
Oct 4 - 12:18 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
QB1Cam Newton
2Taylor Heinicke
RB1Christian McCaffrey
2C.J. Anderson
3Cameron Artis-Payne
GLB1Christian McCaffrey
2C.J. Anderson
3RB1Christian McCaffrey
2C.J. Anderson
FB1Alex Armah
WR11Devin Funchess
2Jarius Wright
3Damiere Byrd
WR21Torrey Smith
2D.J. Moore
3Curtis Samuel
WR31Jarius Wright
TE1Greg Olsen
2Chris Manhertz
3Ian Thomas
LT1Taylor Moton
2Matt Kalil
LG1Greg Van Roten
2Marshall Newhouse
C1Ryan Kalil
2Tyler Larsen
RG1Trai Turner
RT1Chris Clark
2Daryl Williams
K1Graham Gano